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Old Jul 22, 2005, 10:54 AM   #1
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I'm planning to buy EOS 350D. But I don't have the budget to buy any extra lens. Can I be satisfied with EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 lens for time being?

How is Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 lens? Is it good for taking macro/closeup shots?
My main requirements are to take close-up shots of flowers, very good portraits and decent landscape shots. Will this above lens serve my purpose?

Is the lens good for action shots like taking a flying bird etc?

Can someone share identical photos taken at 18mm and 55mm with 350D? Just want to see the zoom range.

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 11:27 AM   #2
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How is Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 lens?
  • Ok general purpose lens a bit on the short side.[/*]
Is it good for taking macro/closeup shots?
  • Not really designed for this
    [/*]
My main requirements are to take -
close-up shots of flowers,
  • may be passable
    [/*]
very good portraits
  • Yes, at 55 is not a bad F/l for portraits
    [/*]
and decent landscape shots.
  • Yes
    [/*]
Will this above lens serve my purpose?
  • Yes, for getting going and learning it is not a bad lens.[/*]
Is the lens good for action shots like taking a flying bird etc?
  • No, for birds a lens of 300mm is about the minimum, and more likely 400 or longer.[/*]
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 11:36 AM   #3
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Thank you Peter.

Thanks for the the detailed answer.

Will I get a good blur background at f5.6?
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 11:44 AM   #4
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:-) good question.

Check http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

It will let you work out the depth of field for given lens focal length, F-stop and distance to subject. Things outside the DOF will start to blur out.

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Well, I've happened to have tried almost everything you're wondering about (except for the bird, you really DO need a longer lens for them).

Anyway, I'm not very proud of these pictures (except maybe the cat since he has some evil look on him...), these are just to show you the focal lengths and your specific scenarios.

These are not post processed. Just JPEG parameter 1 (partial sharpening,contrast and level adjustments done by the camera).

And it seems like I spelled landscape wrong... Ah well, you get the point.
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Although you're wondering about the bokeh at 5.6 and I showed you it at 5. I don't think it'll be incredibly different....

Last but not least.... Tadaa!
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 5:54 AM   #7
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Boyfrmspc,

I appreciate your detailed reply with sample shots. Is the last 2 pictures of the bee taken in 18mm and 55mm, taken from the same point? Macro capability isn't bad for this lens. I like them.

You honestly said those pictures are not post processed. Thank you for the same. I have a small doubt. The last pictures of the bee looks a bit soft and a bit noisy. Any reason for it? The picture of the cat is wonderfull. Were you not able to get the same clarity for the bee shots?
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What would be the best buy for 300mm or longer lens for 350D? I mean the cheapest and a reliable one for shooting birds (not for sports or action shots)?

Also any suggestions for a good macro lens for the same?

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How is Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 lens?
  • Ok general purpose lens a bit on the short side.[/*]
Is it good for taking macro/closeup shots?
  • Not really designed for this
    [/*]
My main requirements are to take -
close-up shots of flowers,
  • may be passable
    [/*]
very good portraits
  • Yes, at 55 is not a bad F/l for portraits
    [/*]
and decent landscape shots.
  • Yes
    [/*]
Will this above lens serve my purpose?
  • Yes, for getting going and learning it is not a bad lens.[/*]
Is the lens good for action shots like taking a flying bird etc?
  • No, for birds a lens of 300mm is about the minimum, and more likely 400 or longer.[/*]
Peter
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the cheapest option would be the sigma 70-300 APOMacro Super II. this lens is pretty good considering its 200USD price tag. just make sure you are getting the APO version. it will be sharper than anything comparable to its price from Canon.

if you are willing to spend a little more the sigma 135-400 will give you a much needed extra 100mm of reach. really this is about minimum if you plan on doing real bird photography. and this lens is really quite nice considering its relatively low price of 439USD. this should be your choice if you are serious about bird shots.
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any macro lens these days is good.. i have heard good things about vivitars cheap 100mm macro, i think you can pick one up for about 100USD..
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